Changing folder background

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  1. mynameiserich

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    Is there an easy app to change the background of folders? I want to get rid if that boring gray. I read a tutorial on how to get into the system files to change it but was just looking for an app to do this. I looked around cydia and didn't see any themes geared towards this.
     
  2. Mickey330

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    FolderEnhancer is a pretty neat tweak from Cydia. Along with letting you put as many icons as you wish into a folder, you can modify the folder to have different colored backgrounds (ranging from a solid color to transparent), different colored border and different colored folder title text.

    I've got mine set to be almost transparent; now I can see my wallpaper behind the folder background.

    There are also some themes that'll change the folder backgrounds. I've not messed around with those - but I'm sure others who have will be along shortly to chat with you.

    Hope this helped.

    Marilyn
     
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    Thanks. I was actually using folderenhancer before but I like the standard folders and how they split open, not just pop open in a new window like folderenhancer. I am still trying to figure out how to theme just the regular folders.
     
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    OK. The file you need for your theme is called...

    FolderSwitcherBG~ipad.png

    and in order to theme it you need to place it in your theme folder in sub folders named...

    Bundles\com.apple.springboard

    and then apply the theme in Winterboard.

    OR (not recommended) you can change the "live" file in...

    System/Library/CoreServices/SprinBoard.app - MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP THE PNG!

    Once you have changed it, you need to deal with IOS caching to see the changes. The easiest way to do this is download a free Cydia app called FolderFixer. You run this, it clears the cache, and then resprings.

    Then you will be able to see a new folder and switcher background!

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Here's an example of the result...
     

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    Ok, great. Thank you for your help. I'm new to this so some more help would be great. Where/how do I locate folderswitchbg-iPad.png? Is this something I have to download or is it already on my device? And how to I get into and edit my theme folder? Thanks again.
     
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    Okay, so although I still need some clarification on things, I did just run folder fixer, and it applied a background that my installed theme had applied. The only issue is that I have infinifolders installed and when I have a folder with a lot of apps the background cuts off towards the bottom and shows part of the old background. I'm guessing this is a sizing issue and I just shouldn't use inififolders?.
     
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    Hey, I was thinking about delving into this as well.
    I have a few questions regarding the pixel size of 'FolderSwitcherBG~ipad.png'

    I've watched a couple of tutorials for iPhone 4 for folder background changing. However, they refer to the image as 'FolderSwitcherBG.png' with resolution: 320x480. Is this the iPhone/iPod specific name/resolution? And will the iPad only use 'FolderSwitcherBG~ipad.png'? If so, what resolution is optimal for the iPad? Does it rotate along with the screen? Or does it center to fit like the springboard background?

    Also, I know that the iPhone/iPod 'FolderIconBG.png' resolution is optimized at 62x62, is the iPad the same? Does it use the same name and not 'FolderIconBG~ipad.png'?

    Thanks, guys.
     
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    The stock iPad file for the background in folders is a 1024 x 1024 image titled FolderSwitcherBG~ipad.png. It's the only image the iPad uses for folder backgrounds.

    For the heck of it, I took a 1024x1024 image that I had (that wasn't just generic stripes/patterns) and dumped it into a .themes folder. Here's pictures of the results, landscape and portrait:

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    So, it appears as if the image gets cut on landscape, but is pretty good on portrait (except for the part where the dock is). However, the good news is that it does rotate.

    Then, because I'm curious, I tried a smaller pic (I cropped the above to 653 x 511 ... which is pure W.A.G., by the way - it's just what I ended up with on a random crop). It's here (again, landscape & portrait):

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    So, it appears that if you make an image smaller than 1024 x 1024 (whether you crop it or just resize it), it stretches to fit. So, you'll have to ensure you use an image that, if it's not just random patterns, has the image in the center so it'll come out all right.

    One strong caution I will give - if I may be so bold. Do NOT mess about with the stock iPad images. Create a theme and use Winterboard to run it. I speak from personal experience when I say that mucking about with iPad stock photos could cause you to crash the iPad, which results in a complete restore. So, please, take my advice … it's based on experience…

    Now, after all that - did I actually answer your question? Or, did I miss your point (which, I can do when I get to playing with the iPad…)?

    Marilyn

    P.P.S. Drat! After I did all this, I realized I was demonstrating folder backgrounds with the FolderEnhancer tweak installed. When FolderEnhancer opens, it takes up the entire background, which is different than stock behavior. I can only assume (yes, I know what it means) that with stock folders, the iPad will only show the top part of the 1024x1024 photo (cause it'll want to leave room should you have 20 icons in there and it needs to take the whole screen on opening). So, if you will forgive me, because I don't want to uninstall FolderEnhancer - you'll just have to try it out your own. Sorry.

    P.P.S. Even if I didn't help … I sure had fun changing my folder wall paper. Now, to find more images. Help! I'm a wallpaper addict!!! :D
     
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    Thanks, Mickey! That was actually very insightful! I'm continuing to mess around with the Winterboard themes (staying far away from the stock images) and am beginning to get the hang of things! This is really too much fun to focus on any one thing.. I'll be back after a day or two to post my results. Thanks a bunch!
     

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